The third Lou Clark novel by Jojo Moyes, following the number one international bestsellers Me Before You and After You. You can read their review here:
Me Before You : Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
After You : After You By Jojo Moyes
About the Book:
Lou Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is hurled into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.
Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past.
In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets – not all her own – that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?
I wonder, when Jojo Moyes first created Louisa Clark in Me Before You, if she had any idea just how larger than life this character would become. Even after three books, I still feel as though Louisa has plenty to offer and at this point I’d happily pick up a fourth book about her (you know that wouldn’t have been the case earlier if you’ve read my previous reviews). I enjoyed Still Me slightly more than After You. In After You, Louisa was very much still finding her feet after the loss of Will and now, since reading Still Me, I feel as though After You was a bit of a bridge connecting the Lou from Me Before You with the Lou in Still Me. They really are a lovely set of books, so heartfelt and entertaining.
Starting exactly where the previous book left off, this is a nice and simple read. It highlights the perils and excitement of living in NYC, the hardships and opportunities. This was a wonderful story, filled with all of the things we love about Lou, combined with a New York atmosphere that was so richly detailed, I could envisage it perfectly.
Going from a stable job to being unemployed, to finding a niche for herself to finding her way through the journey, while making relationships and warming people up to her with her kindness, this book just shows how things pan out for happy-go-lucky people.In the end, it has a nice ending, a typical one, one might say. But it is a love story after all. Some lines that had an impression on me personally:
“There are so many versions of ourselves we can choose to be. Once, my life was destined to be measured out in the most ordinary of steps. I learnt differently from a man who refused to accept the version of himself he’d been left with, and an old lady who saw, conversely, that she could transform herself, right up to a point when many people would have said there was nothing left to be done.
I had a choice. I was Louisa Clark from New York or Louisa Clark from Stortfold. Or there might be a whole other Louisa I hadn’t yet met. The key was making sure that anyone you allowed to walk beside you didn’t get to decide which you you were, and pin you down like a butterfly in a case. The key was to know that you could always somehow find a way to reinvent yourself again.”